|Entering the following in the Keywords to search box:||Results in:|
|Canada||Selections containing the word Canada.|
|Canadian||Selections containing the word Canadian.|
Selections containing any word that begins with the letters Canad, such as Canada, Canadian, Canadians.
Enter the root of your wild card search all in lower case. The search term cannot start with the wild card ("*egin" will not work).
It can be used for subtle variations in spelling like "harb*r*" (which should return "harbour" and "harbors").
|Canada OR Ontario||Selections containing the word Canada or the word Ontario. The "OR" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "or" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.|
|Canada AND Ontario||Selections containing the word Canada and the word Ontario, but not selections containing just one of those words. The "AND" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "and" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.|
|Ontario Canada||Same as search above. The search instruction and is understood.|
|Ontario AND NOT Canada||Selections containing the word Ontario but not the word Canada.|
|"Great Lakes"||Selections containing the phrase Great Lakes. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Great Lakes" and select the "phrase" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list. Note: not all words are stored in the index so words like "of" and "in" may be ignored in your phrase.|
The Fuzzy search attempts to enlarge the search by allowing the search engine to find words spelled nearly the same as the ones you entered. It does this by simple letter substitution. For example a Fuzzy search on "Macdonald" returns records with "McDonald" and "Macdonalds" as well. A Fuzzier search adds variations like "Donald."
The Geographic Location attempts to limit your search by searching the word you enter as a geographic place. Many of the records in the index are not actually indexed by place, and by not having the term you are searching will be eliminated from the results. It is a powerful way to narrow results but use it with caution.
The Relaxed constraints re-issues your search looking for any of your search terms, instead of limiting the search to records that contain all your terms.
The OurOntario.ca Portal supplies an RSS feed for each result you see. MediaRSS feeds allow the identification of additional elements like larger images and video. If you use the Flock browser these are available as media streams. Alternatively if you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, these can be seen as a visual "wall" or slideshow using CoolIris. Learn more about this feature by viewing our demonstration page.
Any time the records in your search results have a known geographic location, their latitude and longitude coordinates can be collected into a kml file. If the Google Earth link in the WEB TOOLS box appears, it indicates that you can choose to view that search result overlaid on the 3D mapping of the separate Google Earth application. Not sure how to use this feature? We can help.
When you are done using the searching and faceting options and have generated the perfect result set, wouldn't it be great if you could bookmark this to Delicious, post it to your blog, Digg it!, email it to a friend, share it on Facebook, Twitter it....
HINT: there is a MORE link at the bottom of the list which flies open ... if you do not see your favourite tool on the first short list, click on MORE for additional options.
Take one of our Search widgets with you.... Check these sample widgets out from our Facebook page! Get the code for the search widget from this page. You'll be able to drop this scoped search widget into your Facebook page, institutional website, blog or any other social space.
Doing research? Want to collect the citation information about specific records in your result set? If you use Firefox, download and install the Zotero plug-in, and the OurOntario.ca Portal is able to pass the citation information to you in a well-formated package. Build your your entire collection: bibliographic references and whole documents and files, your notes, and other items like images and snapshots of web pages. Learn more about this feature by visiting the Zotero web site, or by seeing our demonstration page.
Get creative - go ahead and reuse/mash up the OurOntario.ca metadata output. It's available in your choice of MODS (mods), Dublin Core (dc) or RDF (rdf) - and more formats are coming. Simply substitute the format you want within record address URL for "results" as below:
See screenshots, plug-in links and futher information about all the extended features of the OurOntario.ca Portal on the demonstration page.